Henley’s Great Big Green Week

A week of environmentally green activities have been organised by Greener Henley as part of the national initiative The Great Big Green Week kicking off on Sunday (19 September) with a Greener Henley & Friends Fair in Market Place between 10.00-4.00pm.

Greener Henley’s Great Big Green Week organiser, Diana Barnett says, “It will be the biggest event for climate and nature ever in the UK and it is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community for Henley’s Great Big Green Week. Everyone is aware of the extreme weather events caused by the climate change on the people and places we love both here in the UK and abroad. The time is now to do everything we can to protect them. Climate change is the fight of our lifetime. This year, we in the UK have a huge opportunity to raise the ambition of plans to tackle climate change at home and abroad. The UK is hosting a major UN climate summit, known as COP 26, in Glasgow this November. This means that parliament and local authorities alike want to be seen as ambitious in tackling climate change.”

The Greener Henley & Friends Fair on Sunday will have various stalls including the Greener Henley Trees, Swifts Support and Wildlife Groups.  The Trees group will be there to advise on trees and shrubs they can supply free of charge to increase the biodiversity in your own plot – be it a garden, a paddock or a field.   They will be joined by Henley Toad Patrol, Henley Rotary Club who are campaigning for ending plastic soup, Fair Trade, Sonning Common Green Gym, Plastic Free Henley and Henley Rowing Club. There will be a wildlife wonder zone, with arts and crafts for children to enjoy.

A Treasure Hunt has been organised for families to spot 44 vanishing speeches in shop windows around town and the following restaurants and cafes are offering a green sustainable special menu all week – The Little Angel, Drifters Coffee Shop, Geo Café on Friday Street, Sage & Squash and the family-friendly Watercolour Arts & Play Café.  You can pick up a Treasure Hunt map and entry form on Sunday at the Greener Henley stall.  There will be prizes for the 3 correct entries pulled out of the hat on Sunday 26 September which include a £10 voucher from Ways Book Shop in Friday Street.  Henley library is also hosting a habitats display.

The following programme of events is also planned:

Sunday 19 and Sunday 26 September
Reverend Sam Brewster will be including the environment in his sermon at Trinity at Four (4.00pm) held at Christ Church, Reading Road.

Monday 20 September
9.30-10.30am Sarah Cook will be leading a gentle cycle ride for a small group. To book a place please contact greenerhenley@gmail.com

10.00-12.00 noon Sally Rankin of Henley Wildlife Group will lead a guided walk at Gillotts Field looking at nature and trees in particular. Interested parties contact s.rankin@btinternet.com

Tuesday 21 September

U.N. International Day for Peace

10.30am Henley Quakers are marking the day with a quiet Making Peace with our Planet Walk. Starting at the Friends Meeting House to arrive at the Peace Tree in Mill Meadows by 11.30am via the Town Hall. Anyone can join at any stage.

10.30am Walkers are Welcome are planning a countryside walk with a difference – picking up litter as you go contact petercstone99@aol.com  Meet at Henley Town Hall.

6.00pm Escape from Extinction Film at Regal Picturehouse.  Dame Helen Mirren anchors this captivating documentary, which provides a rare glimpse into the lives of endangered animals across seven of Earth’s continents. Ranging from elephants to wolves.  To book tickets go to https://www.picturehouses.com/movie-details/000/HO00011061/escape-from-extinction

Wednesday 22 September

10.00-3.00 SODC are hosting Business Eco Fair highlight the brilliant green and sustainable approaches of local businesses in and around Henley at Henley Town Hall.

9.30-12.30 Sally Rankin is leading a Wildlife Working Party.  Please register your interest at s.rankin@btinternet.com

7.30pm God, Science and the Climate Emergency talk by Dr Krish Kandiah
Exploring the relationship between Christian faith, science and the climate emergency and how it could be the key to solving it.  Krish is a social entrepreneur and a frequent broadcaster on Radio 2 and 4, he has written 13 books including ‘Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think.”  For more information and to book your ticket for this public lecture visit https://greenerhenley.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday 23 September

9.30-10.30am Another chance to go on a guided small group cycle ride led by Sarah. To book a place please contact greenerhenley@gmail.com

9.00am Bird Walk led by Alan Parfitt starting at Mill Lane car park.  To register your interest with Sally Rankin s.rankin@btinternet.com

Friday 24 September

10.30 Discover two miles of footpaths within the town led by Walkers are Welcome, contact petercstone99@aol.com.  Starting at Henley Town Hall.

Saturday 25 September

The Big Green Bazaar
10.00-4.00pm

Professor Richard Fortey, President of the Fungus Survey of Oxfordshire, will be holding a Fungi Roadshow to identify any mystery fungi you have come across.

Other stalls will include Clean Air for Henley, the Town’s Council Climate Emergency Working Group, Fairtrade, Henley Car Club, Henley Quakers Making Peace with our Plant talking about COP 26,  Sonning Common Green Gym, the Swifts Support Group, Greenshoots produce stall and children’s potato printing activity,  Henley & Goring Ramblers, Henley Toad Patrol and CE Bill Zero Hour. Wildlife wonder zone arts and craft activities will be available again for children.

Sunday 26 September

1.30pm River Clean Up
Join Warriors on Waste, Planet Patrol and the team at Val Wyatt Marina for a river clean.  Meet at Cafe Cwtch Val Wyatt Marina, Wargrave.  Bring your own paddleboard or borrow one, or just join to clean along the towpath. Everyone will head out together then meet at the end of the clean for free coffee and cake at the wonderful Cwtch cafe in the marina! Litter pickers and bags will be provided.
You can also join the South Oxfordshire District River clean up by doing your favourite part of the river towpath.  You can book litter pickers and bags by clicking here

Chiltern’s Court Care Home and Harpsden Pre School will be enjoying green activities, Henley Manor Care Home’s art club are painting endangered species,  Henley Youth Choir are singing songs about nature in their rehearsals and 1st Henley Brownies will be making bug hotels.

If you would like to join in Henley’s Big Green week, please email greeneerhenley@gmail.com

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